Poetry Friday: Kisha Nicole Foster

Book cover from Kisha Nicole Foster's book of poetry 'Poems 1999 - 2014'
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Last night I went to church*. Church in this case was a mixer for Literary Cleveland at Platform Brewery in Ohio City.  It was loud, the beer was flowing, the congregation distracted. Between the words, text and talking – I heard only one voice.  Kisha Nicole Foster on stage, on the altar, her words, her strength. I was […]

ShopCLE: An onslaught of litter every Wednesday

Desota Ave., Nov. 17. There are at least 11 copies in this photo, of which only one made it onto private property. Can you find them all?
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Video and photos of the streetscape after weekly distribution of the ShopCLE “shopper” throughout Cleveland Heights. Week after week after week, they drive through our neighborhoods and toss thousands of bagged papers out the window without regard to where they land. Complaints to the Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group, which publish this product, are ignored. […]

What comes after the tax increase

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Congratulations Cleveland Heights. We’ve voted ourselves a tax increase. Nobody wants to pay more taxes, but by a vote of 7,573-5,135, the select group of residents who bothered to go to the polls on election day determined that it’s in the best interest of the city. I happen to agree. But here’s a message for City […]

Positive crime trends continue through first half of 2015

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Crime data from the Cleveland Heights Police Department for the first seven months of 2015 indicate a positive trend is continuing, as year-to-year crime rates declined in all but two categories. The only categories that didn’t show a decrease in the number of crimes were murder and rape. Through July of this year, there has […]

Tussie-Mussie?

My first attempt. Success!
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Saturday, October 10th at the Cleveland Botanical Garden marked the Western Reserve Herb Society’s 70th Annual Herb Fair.  A celebration of herbs in all forms and varieties was on display with a myriad of activities (make your own herb vinegars and meat rubs) to delicious baked goods and exquisite jams for sale.  It was a […]

Educational Redlining

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Heights Community Congress (HCC), founded in 1972, is Greater Cleveland, Ohio’s oldest fair housing enforcement organization.  For over four decades HCC has been conducting audits of the real estate industry to expose and discourage racial steering and disparate treatment of African American and white home seekers.  Each September, HCC organizes a home and garden tour […]

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Private Charter School Management Firm Owns Public Assets

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Yesterday Ohio’s elected, Republican-dominated supreme court ruled that a privately held, for-profit charter management company, White Hat Management, owns the equipment and assets of several White Hat Hope Academies and Life Skills Academies that had sought to sever ties with White Hat and hire a new management company to run the schools. White Hat is […]

Cleveland Heights Citizens Police Academy filling 2015 class

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In August, 2014, the Cleveland Heights Police Department inaugurated the Citizens Police Academy and accepted the first cohort of students. The Academy was part of Chief Jeffrey Robertson’s desire to deepen mutual understanding and regard between the department and the Cleveland Heights community. He considered the Citizens Police Academy as an opportunity for citizens to […]

Ohio Regulator Favors Politically Connected Charter School Sponsors, Resigns When Exposed

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Things unraveled pretty quickly last week for David Hansen, the director of school choice at the Ohio Department of Education.  On Tuesday, the State Board of Education, dominated by appointees of Republican Governor John Kasich, met and discussed why, as Ohio began to evaluate the sponsor-authorizers of Ohio’s charter schools, the test scores of students […]